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New Blog!

March 22, 2012

Hello! In hopes of creating a more easily navigated site, we’ve migrated our blog over to greensheepblog.com. All old content can be found there, and we’ll continue posting as usual : )

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Poppin

March 20, 2012

Who knew office supplies could be so fun? Each product is well-designed and has a clever description that definitely had us smiling. It doesn’t hurt that everything comes in Green Sheep colors : )

Check out poppin!

Just because you don’t always get to see it doesn’t mean it’s any less amazing. This video reminds us of all the awesomeness out there and how important it is to protect it.

What A Wonderful World

March 19, 2012


Wow.

Red Bull Helicopter Aerobatics

March 19, 2012

You have probably seen this video already but we wanted to post it here to show our support. In the past few hours, there has been a lot of criticism towards the video and the organization that made it, Invisible Children. Here are some of the most common critiques along with why we believe they are unfounded:

The video won’t accomplish anything- This is where we disagree the most. Considering the fact that it’s been watched over 30 million times in the past 48 hours, it has already accomplished a lot. Raising awareness and making people care about something that doesn’t affect them directly is huge. Too often have human rights abuses gone unchallenged because people didn’t know about them or didn’t care enough to do something. People have an incredible amount of power when they unite for a cause, and it’s about time we did. Saying “It won’t make a difference” is just taking the easy way out.

The US shouldn’t go into another war – We agree. However that is not what the video is advocating. Invisible Children believes in a peaceful resolution of this conflict. The KONY 2012 campaign is calling for the deployment of U.S. advisors and the provision of intelligence that can help bring Kony to justice. It also calls for increased diplomacy to hold regional governments accountable to their basic responsibilities to protect civilians from this kind of brutal violence. Here is the letter they sent to President Obama after releasing the video.

Killing Kony will not make a difference – Who said anything about killing him? The ultimate goal is to capture him and have him tried by the International Criminal Court for human rights abuses. And yes, a new warlord might take his spot once he is gone, but is that reason enough to justify doing nothing? Of course not.

Kony isn’t even in Uganda anymore and the LRA hasn’t operated there for years – The video clearly states that Kony has left the country. However the LRA is still active in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and South Sudan. Invisible’s Children’s mission is to stop the LRA, no matter where they are.

Invisible Children has shady financials and spends too much on video making and travel – The organization is independently audited every year. Their 2/4 star rating on Charity Navigator is only due to the fact that they do not currently have 5 board members, they have 4. All their financials are disclosed on their website. The fact that they are a media-based organization should not be held against them. After all, this video is the reason why this conversation is even happening. Their methods are clearly working. It is true that out of every dollar donated, 80 cents goes to their African programs and that for some other organizations this number is higher. However, those 20 cents are used to make videos like this one that make the number of donations skyrocket, which ultimately means more funds for the charity initiatives. We think that is money well-spent.

You should also check out the organization’s “critiques” page where they respond to these and other questions in a clear, reasonable way.

Anyway, the video and the solutions it proposes are definitely not perfect, but we believe that they are a giant step in the right direction and we applaud Invisible Children for their hard work and dedication.

KONY 2012

March 8, 2012 2 Comments

Whoever tried this first is insane.

World’s Largest Rope Swing

March 2, 2012

Ignite Change – Episode 1 from Nicole Doucet on Vimeo.

One of our goals at Green Sheep is to inspire people to ignite change in their own communities. We believe that sometimes things are the way they are because no one has bothered to try and change them. Help us support water.org by sharing this video. And stay tuned for Episode 2 (the actual ignition of “Change”), which is sure to be AWESOME!

Music- Marching Band “For Your Love”
Get it on iTunes (you know you want to): itunes.apple.com/us/album/spark-large/id284253627
Thanks to U & L Publishing for providing the music licence!

Ignite Change

February 28, 2012 1 Comment

What I Feel Like When I Run

February 27, 2012

Pinterest

February 22, 2012

Psst… We just got a Pinterest account! You can follow us here.

PaperKarma

February 21, 2012

You know how it goes… You walk to your mailbox and find it completely stuffed with things. As you’re walking inside small enveloppes and flyers fall from your arms, you try to pick them up just to have the huge pile of mail tip over. You finally make it inside and start separating the useful stuff from the junk. Why do they keep sending you those halloween costumes for babies catalogs?! After going through it all, you end up with a huge pile of junk mail and maybe two things you actually want. Wouldn’t it be nice if you only received those two things? Well you’re in luck.

PaperKarma is possibly the most useful app you’ll ever get. Basically you just open the app, take a picture of the junk mail you want to stop receiving, press unsuscribe, and voila! The folks at PaperKarma take care of the rest. They also notify you as soon as you’re unsubscribed (it usually takes 24hrs). It’s an easy way to save time and a whole lot of paper. Two green thumbs up!